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Fit-PC3: Installing Linux Mint 12

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Prepare installation media

  • A USB DVD/CD-ROM drive or a USB Flash drive of at least 1GB should be used as installation media.
  • Download Linux Mint 12 "Lisa" - CD or Linux Mint 12 "Lisa" - DVD.
  • For installation with a USB DVD/CD-ROM - flash the downloaded image directly onto a DVD/CD.
  • For installation with a USB Flash drive, please use the "Startup Disk Creator" utility to create a LiveUSB.

Base installation of Linux Mint 12

  • Follow the standard Linux Mint installation procedure - choose timezone, partitions, username, password etc.
  • Disconnect the installation media and reboot.
  • Login using previously selected username and password.

ATI Catalyst video driver

  • fglrx is a proprietary ATI Catalyst video driver that provides XvBA (X-video Bitstream Acceleration) support.
  • Install fglrx driver and other required utilities with the command below:
sudo apt-get install fglrx-updates xvba-va-driver vainfo
  • Note: system reboot is required after the installation of the fglrx driver.

XBMC with XvBA

  • XBMC is a well-known free and open source media player and entertainment hub for digital media.
  • The XBMC-XvBA repository provides XBMC PVR builds with direct XvBA support.
  • Add the XBMC XvBA repository and install the media player:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wsnipex/xbmc-xvba
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc xbmc-bin
  • XBMC will support HW video acceleration out of the box.

Tips and tricks

  • Fix VLC media player window style:
    • Open VLC player, go to the Tools->Preferences->Interface
    • Set "Force window style" option to "GTK+".
  • Enable video acceleration on VLC media player:
    • Open VLC player, go to the Tools->Preferences->Input & Codecs
    • Check "Use GPU acceleration (experimental)" checkbox.
  • Add development Linux Mint repository to your repositories list. It contains bug fixes that are not yet in the main release.
    • Menu->System Tools->System Settings->Software Sources->LinuxMint Software
    • Check "Unstable packages (romeo)" checkbox.
  • Update your system to get the latest packages.
    • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade